ST. LEONARD, Md. – The Salisbury University cross country teams ran in a key meet on Saturday morning, taking the course at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum for the Seahawk Invitational, hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland.
The meet featured most of the teams from the Capital Athletic Conference, as the course will also play host to the CAC men's and women's championships on October 31, with the Salisbury men coming home with a big win, and the women placing second.
The men saw a team of runners place near the top, with five of the top seven scoring positions, led by junior Connor Hesselbirg, who grabbed second place, with a time of 26:32, just 10 seconds shy of race winner Ben Sorensen from the University of Mary Washington.
Salisbury finished with a near-perfect 24 points for the win, while Mary Washington finished second with 38 points, followed by York College of Pennsylvania with 91.
Another Mary Washington runner placed third, but four other Sea Gulls flew over the line, separated by just 28 seconds to fill out Salisbury's scoring.
Sophomore Malcolm Milton placed fourth, in 26:50, with freshman Billy Kirk just five seconds back in fifth place. Sophomore Ben Meister earned a sixth-place spot, in 26:57, while freshman Connor Masteran came home in 27:18 to finish off the Salisbury scoring, in seventh.
The Salisbury women also saw a second-place individual, with sophomore Jessica Lane leading the way for the Gulls, in a time of 24:18, less than 30 seconds back of the race winner, Lauren Braney, of Mary Washington.
Salisbury scored 58 points to take second place, behind only Mary Washington, which closed with 19 points. Catholic University of America finished in third, with 100 points.
Senior Laura Hartman was the second Sea Gull across the line, finishing in 24:58 in 12th place, while freshmen Jamie Farley and Jill Ciritella were seven seconds apart in 14th and 15th places. Farley finished in 25:09, while Ciritella came home in 25:16.
Sophomore Taylor Nantz finished the top five for Salisbury, placing 20th in 25:58, while freshman Fiona Halloran and sophomore Alison Schwartz rounded out the top seven for the Gulls. Halloran placed 28th in 26:22, while Schwartz was 13 seconds behind in 31st place.
The Salisbury teams will return home for their next meet, in two weeks, when the Sea Gulls host the Don Cathcart Invitational at Winter Place Park on October 3.